Company Spotlight: Dragon Fly Tarps

If you grew up with a big blue tarp in your family, chances are you had a good childhood. It probably went down underneath the tent to prevent water and bugs from creeping in. It may have hung between a rusty suburban and a blue spruce tree to keep the sun out or shoo the rain away from firewood. It meant summer and adventure.

But looking back, those tarps weren’t too strong. They were riddled with holes and dad fought to get them to stay in place. They’re heavy and bulky.

Recognizing the need for the big blue tarp to come into this century, Matt Nelson brought Dragon Fly Tarps on the scene.

“Matt loves to go whitewater rafting,” said Oded Paz, general manager of Dragon Fly Tarps. “They went rafting once and there was a place where everyone settled down for the evening and there was a huge wind storm. All the tarps were picked up and flew away. The only one that stayed put was the Dragon Fly Tarp.”

The lightweight tarp that Matt engineered was intriguing to the people around him. Matt made one for himself, for his father, a friend, another friend, and soon a business was born. The Dragon Fly Tarp production site outgrew Matt’s basement and moved into a business incubator in Arco and finally to their current site in a former Arco drugstore.

“People are surprised to hear that we’re a small business making our products in a tiny little town that doesn’t even have a traffic light,” said Oded.

Access to the outdoors is important to the six-person staff of Dragon Fly Tarps, and Arco is in the heart of that environment. Surrounding mountains and rivers means the team can test the tarps exactly where their customers will use them, allowing Dragon Fly Tarps to continue improving and diversifying their offerings.

“The tarps are lightweight, durable and very easy to put up,” said Oded. “Our poles, ropes, straps and stakes are superior to anything else on the market. Everything we use is simply better.”

Dragon Fly Tarps are available in four major sizes at a reasonable price. Recently, the company created “dragon wings” that attach to rail systems on vans or Jeeps, and they’re currently working on a wing tent to be used with light aircraft for shade or with a privacy panel to sleep.

“Most of our tarps are used by outdoorsmen,” said Oded. “We allow people to enjoy scenic places and outdoor adventures without having to worry about wind, rain or sun ruining their experience.”

A Dragon Fly Tarp is what’s missing from your raft, your camping gear, your kid’s soccer game or your backyard picnic. It’s the addition you didn’t know you needed.

“We always hear that people have wanted something like this, but didn’t even know it existed,” said Oded. “Now they know!”

Learn more about Dragon Fly Tarps at https://www.dragonflytarps.com.

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Company Spotlight: Riverstone International School

In May 2019, Welcoming America dubbed Boise, Idaho, a Certified Welcoming community. This formal designation highlights cities and counties that have created policies and programs reflecting their values and commitment to immigrant inclusion.

While inclusion can be seen in the city’s many farmers markets and festivals, it’s perhaps best showcased throughout the halls of the Riverstone International School in east Boise.

“We have a diverse community with roughly 48 countries represented,” said Rachel Pusch, the school’s director of admissions and marketing. “We’re helping kids understand that where you’re from is who you are.”

Riverstone International School is a private, independent school offering classes for preschoolers through grade 12, and is the first school in Idaho to offer an International Baccalaureate program.

“The program is a philosophy of education that allows kids to find their interests and discover the intersections that allow them to complement each other, ultimately creating a very well-rounded approach to their education,” said Rachel. “Our mission is to inspire courageous journeys of both academic and personal exploration to help our students lead purposeful lives.”

Cultures, languages, traditions, religions, socioeconomic differences and even interesting foods in lunch boxes are all clear examples of the school’s focus diversity. Small, nurturing classes and hands-on activities allow students at Riverstone to employ critical thinking skills as they practice Mandarin, grow crystals or present independent, self-directed research projects.

Riverstone students receive an education based upon five pillars: academic excellence, community and service, leadership by example, international understanding, and – perhaps most near and dear to Idaho’s heart – outdoor education.

“The incredible outdoor program we have is opening the kids’ minds to things they may have never known,” said Rachel. “They’re having eye-opening experiences, finding new things they love and finding things they may not love, but now know they can do.”

Riverstone’s outdoor education program provides students with learning-based opportunities that build self-confidence, teamwork, leadership and responsibility, while fostering a greater appreciation for nature and the environment. The program allows students of all ages to leave the classroom and spend extend periods of time backpacking, camping, hiking and exploring scenic locations like Hells Canyon, the Rogue River Wilderness or Grand Gulch in southern Utah.

“We say and believe that we have many classrooms without walls,” said Rachel. “The access to everything in Idaho makes the outdoor program even more intriguing to people who are from areas like Beijing or Barcelona where they’re often only used to large, congested urban environments.”

Riverstone International School continues to bring the world to Idaho and Idaho to the world. What began as a community school of 57 students in a Hidden Springs barn has since grown to a 14-acre campus with a capacity of up to 425 students, in addition to a boarding program that presently hosts 30 students from 14 countries.

While the school’s growth is impressive, becoming an International Baccalaureate institution is perhaps one of their most celebrated milestones and Riverstone is consistently recognized by publications like the Washington Post and Niche.com for their superb academic offerings.

Growth and accolades aside, the school’s legacy is firmly based in its students who carry their experiences on to colleges and universities throughout the world.

“We have a student who recently graduated from Yale’s program at the national university in Singapore who had never had a passport before and now is in the midst of worldwide adventures,” said Rachel. “It’s an example of how we can help develop a willingness to take risks and a real love of learning. Having a long-term global impact and a worldwide support network is something we hope will be the legacy of what we have here.”

Find Riverstone International School at 5521 E. Warm Springs Ave., Boise, Idaho, 83716 or at their home on the web, https://www.riverstoneschool.org.

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Company Spotlight: Proud Source

If you ask Amazon users what they think of Proud Source Water, they’ll proclaim they have never had a more thirst-quenching, satisfying gulp of H2O. You’ll even find a few who literally pledge allegiance to this water.

What makes these hydrated customers so excited to drink from an aluminum bottle?

“There’s a wholesome approach to what we do,” said C.J. Pennington, president of Proud Source. “We want to be the Patagonia of bottled water. We want – to the best of our ability – put out a product that consumers will enjoy without harming the world we live in.”

By offering a high-quality spring water in America’s most sustainable packaging, Proud Source stays true to their mission of making decisions based on what is best for Mother Earth. In addition to putting the planet first, the company focuses on building relationships with their customers through unabashed transparency.

“Our ability to be transparent in an industry that lacks transparency has made us unique,” said C.J. “We are willing to be different and that difference has enabled the rapid growth of the company.”

Based near their water source in Mackay, Idaho, Proud Source runs on a lean team of 12 employees who support the company’s product distribution throughout 41 states and just under 10,000 retail stores.

“We treat this as a family business,” said C.J. “The products might feel or look like they’re produced from a big corporation, but we’re just a small team and we consider each other family.”

Bottled water is undoubtedly a tough market to break into. So, why did this Proud Source family make a conscious decision to fight an uphill battle?

“Bottled water is a product that’s lived on shelves for decades and the industry hasn’t shifted or improved the technology around it,” said C.J. “It hasn’t taken consumer health or sustainability factors into consideration and people are frustrated and ready for change. Now we’re having this conversation in grocery aisles and it’s very disruptive.”

Considering that Proud Source is operating in one of the most competitive industries in the world, their disruption is making a real impact. Not only does the company give 1% of their top-line sales back to environmental causes, but they’ve also removed close to five million plastic bottles from the environment.

From a small-town source and a homegrown team, with reusable packaging and a passion for our planet, Proud Source rises to the top of the competition.

As C.J. simply puts it, “If you’re going to drink bottled water, drink Proud Source Water.”

Learn more about Proud Source at https://www.proudsourcewater.com.

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Company Spotlight: First Response Fire

When screeches and splashes rise up from water in the Salmon River Valley and lakeside jam sessions carry long into the night, it’s summertime in Idaho. There are dozens of signs that the dry heat has settled in, one being the buzz of propellers overhead, hauling buckets through the air towards a nearby wildfire.

Since 2002, one Idaho company has played a crucial role in stopping the fury of summer’s flames: First Response Fire Rescue.

“We deliver equipment and personnel for aerial firefighting,” said First Response Fire Rescue Owner Shannon Horn. “We provide all the support services for mixing and loading fire retardant for fixed wing airplanes and helicopters, and we’re the best in the world at providing this service as well as one of the best fire equipment providers.”

Based in Post Falls, Idaho, First Response Fire Rescue operates out of a 30,000 square foot facility on four acres that are home to the manufacturing of wildland fire suppression supplies, but their reach extends far beyond northern Idaho.

“We support 127 locations in the United States, Canada and across the globe,” said Shannon. “That includes 34 full service bases with crews where we mix the fire retardant on site and load it onto planes, plus we provide the training and staffing for those bases.”

Working closely with the U.S. Forest Service, the Bureau of Land Management, and state departments including the Oregon Department of Forestry and the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, the teams at First Response Fire Rescue are no strangers to the devastation caused by furious flames.

“One of the most memorable experience I’ve had was during the Santa Barbara fires,” said Shannon. “My crews had already been out during a record year and then they made sacrifices during Christmastime to support one of California’s largest wildfires. We were running 24 hours a day. We had nearly everyone in our staff helping.”

Although Shannon and his employees work in an emergency-based business, their goal is to be proactive through constant training and resource preparation, ensuring they can respond quickly to needs in North America, Australia, Chile, Columbia, Europe, France and more.

“What we’re about is quality,” said Shannon. “We’re about quality products and exceptional response.”

Shannon’s decades of experience in the industry have clearly made First Response Fire Rescue a vital player when it comes to suppressing wildfire. As a fire bellows towards homes and threatens lives, quality products and exceptional response are the keys to saving those in its way.

Visit First Response Fire Rescue at 5980 East Commerce Loop, Post Falls, Idaho 83854 or at their home on the web, https://www.frfire.com.

 

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Company Spotlight: Lactalis American Group

Mascarpone: while you may not be able to pronounce or spell it, you can appreciate how it elevates a fresh slice of tiramisu. Want to truly sweeten the experience? Go for the tub made fresh at Lactalis American Group in Nampa, Idaho.

“It’s made from simple, great ingredients that we have here locally,” said Sebastien Gilbert, the Nampa site director for Lactalis American Group. “It’s dairy without a bunch of fillers.”

In addition to award-winning mascarpone, the 326,000-square-foot plant in Nampa produces string cheese, shredded cheese, mozzarella and fresh mozzarella, cream cheese, snack cheese, and whey protein. It is the largest Lactalis plant in the United States, and there’s a reason for that.

“Idaho is number three in the country in terms of milk supply, so having Lactalis here is a good fit,” said Sebastien.

Approximately 95% of all milk processed at the Nampa plant comes from Idaho producers. In fact, Lactalis American Group purchases milk from nearly 300 Idaho dairy farmers throughout the Treasure and Magic Valleys each year.

“Our milk suppliers are on average 25 miles away from the plant,” said Sebastien. “Lactalis has worked with some of these dairy farmers for more than 20 years.”

With relationships like that, it’s no surprise that Lactalis is the number one dairy company in the world with an annual revenue of over $21 billion. Although the third-generation, family-owned company has a lot to celebrate, its culture is far from boisterous.

“It’s a kind of quiet pride here,” said Sebastien. “People have stayed with the company for a very long time and risen through the ranks. I truly believe in the culture here.”

Diving headfirst into hard work, more than 700 employees at the Nampa plant play pivotal roles in perfecting and manufacturing dairy products for brands like Galbani and Lactowell among others. While the production process for Lactalis cheese has stayed consistent over the years, Sebastien emphasizes that the company maintains an entrepreneurial spirit; one he hopes will continue to attract more employees.

“Boise is already an attractive area, so now I must simply continue to work to bring people who are here into Lactalis,” said Sebastien. “Besides, it’s different than working at a manufacturing company for something like shoes. Everyone likes cheese.”

Since the early 1980s, Lactalis American Group has brought consumers across the U.S. the best products dairy has to offer. After years of unassuming wins, the company is ready to share its story, and Idaho is an essential part of it.

Learn more about Lactalis American Group by visiting http://lactalisamericangroup.com/, and keep up with the latest from Lactalis American Group by following the company on LinkedIn

 

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Company Spotlight: Black Sage

During Thanksgiving week, 2017, a drone buzzed over Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California, dropping leaflets onto a crowd as they watched the San Francisco 49ers take on the Seattle Seahawks. Later that afternoon, fans attending a football game between the Oakland Raiders and Denver Broncos were also caught by surprise when leaflets rained down on them from that same drone as it zipped through the Oakland-Alameda County Stadium in Oakland, California.

A piece of paper cascading down from the sky may not seem dangerous on its own, but the increased threat caused by a drone’s ability to infiltrate crowded areas and deposit propaganda, toxic chemicals or explosives is a modern-day reality.

Unless Black Sage is around.

“We’re the people that keep drones out of places they shouldn’t be, like military bases, airports, prisons, stadiums, power substations, bridges, political rallies and concerts,” said Dirk Manley, Black Sage’s international business development manager. “Basically, anywhere there’s a lot of people where a drone can come in and do damage.”

Boise-based Black Sage began when its founders, Ross Lamm and Dave Romero, devised a plan to reduce nighttime highway accidents involving animals. By implementing their accurate detection system that would trigger lights when large game entered the road, collisions in the highway test area dropped to zero. Since then, they’ve moved from the road to the sky.

“Our company started five years ago, and we were one of the first in the world to be an exclusive counter-unmanned-aerial-system company,” said Dirk.

Effective counter-UAS isn’t achieved with a single magic bullet. Instead, Black Sage uses a layered approach to ensure efficiency. For them, counterterrorism looks something like this:

  1. Early Warning: The passive sensor, which essentially listens for the communication of the drone to its controller, is the first line of defense.
  2. Detect: A radar detects a target and begins to gather a variety of data points including speed, velocity, heading and altitude.
  3. Identify: The data points are run through a trained algorithm that determines whether the radar is detecting a critical target like a drone or something harmless like a bird. The data points are also used to cue the camera to the object.
  4. Track: The radar detection queues a high-definition camera, allowing a tech to follow the object of interest. At the same time, the radar tracks are plotted on the DefenceOS mapping interface, so the operator can see the object’s movement in real-time.
  5. Defeat: Once the drone enters a pre-determined geofence, jammers can disable the connection to its controller, prompting the drone to enter safety mode and either lower to the ground or return to its point of origin. Since jamming is illegal in the United States, Black Sage only uses this option for specific clients, including those overseas.

For such a high-tech solution to UAS threats, it’s easy to assume the Black Sage staff is a curated group of engineers, computer scientists and James Bond types, and James Bond types. While Black Sage does have a few of those on hand, the brains, beauty and brawn behind the company include winery owners, river guides, startup founders, sports promoters and trainers.

“We’re not just a tech company,” said Dirk. “There are all these other things we do outside of Black Sage that make us a well-rounded business that people want to work with.”

As Black Sage continues to expand, its military, police and U.S. government revenue streams are complemented with counter-UAS solutions for events, stadiums and large events.

“We don’t just do business in Idaho,” said Dirk. “But trade shows like the Paris Airshow, Avalon, Farnborogh and Expo Seguridad allow us to share a booth with other Idaho companies and sometimes we even walk away with new collaborative partnerships.”

For companies like Black Sage, international trade shows are more accessible through the State Trade Expansion Program whose funds will pay for the cost of booth space and construction of the trade show pavilion, plus airfare and lodging stipends for an employee.

While the international market is full of opportunity, Black Sage knows there’s plenty of ground to cover domestically, too. From prisons to football games, and film sets to inaugurations, their mission to detect and defend remains steadfast.

Learn more about Black Sage at their home on the web: https://www.blacksagetech.com.

Company Spotlight: Mondo Fly Fishing

Leather suspenders, a wool button-down shirt, khakis, a beige bucket hat and a wicker fish basket. With the addition of a rod and reel, this is the stereotypical uniform of a fly fisherman channeling “A River Runs Through It.” Unless you’re Taylor Barlow or Levi Gephart, owners of Mondo Fly Fishing.

“I was tired of being spoon-fed a narrative about what fly fishing is, what fly fishing isn’t and what fly fishing must never become,” said Taylor. “I’ve watched a lot of people get turned off by the stuffy exclusive vibe that flows through this industry. I wanted to craft a more inclusive narrative while bringing sick gear to the people on the periphery of the sport.”

And sick gear he delivered.

Mondo Fly Fishing fuses art and color into high performance rods and reels, without the premium price. Taylor and Levi regularly collaborate with artists, designers and photographers to keep their gear unique and expressive, but their product offerings don’t stop at casting equipment. In addition to their “dead sexy” purple flow cannon, Levi’s current favorite product is a shirt featuring a guy in a drift boat, relaxed and enjoying a sunset, at one with the environment around him.

“We didn’t try to reinvent the wheel,” said Levi. “What we did instead was create vivid colors and a line that’s more welcoming to somebody who wants a custom feel for the equipment they’re using.”

Engaging customers through vibrant product is only a fraction of what the Mondo team does. Last spring, Taylor and Levi held the first Mondo campout with friends and even strangers who wanted to experience fly fishing. In a similarly laid-back environment, Mondo hosts an “Iron Fly” event where people are invited to learn how to tie flies in a bar-like atmosphere.

“We’re less focused on the sport and more focused on the good time,” said Taylor. “Our mantra is ‘less egos, more amigos.’”

Levi, Taylor and dedicated Mondo customers agree: fly fishing is more than stodgy stereotypes.

“Getting out and doing things, being engaged in your surroundings, it makes people come alive,” said Levi. “There’s more to life than just sitting around and doing mundane day-to-day work, and fly fishing is part of that. Fly fishing saves lives.”

 

Want to learn more about Mondo Fly Fishing? Visit their profile on the Tested in Idaho website or explore Mondo’s official home on the web.

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Company Spotlight: TLK Dairy

If you’re into the smell of manure, you won’t find it at TLK Dairy. If something about a dirty pen or a cramped facility really makes you smile, steer clear of TLK. This is not your average dairy.

“We take pride in keeping our facility clean,” said Terry Ketterling, owner of TLK Dairy. “We produce food for people, so we want to make sure that no one has questions about how and why we do what we do.”

TLK Dairy

What do they do exactly? TLK Dairy is a family-owned dairy in Mountain Home, Idaho, with nearly 10,700 milking cows and 22,000 cows total.

Before the birth of their dairy operation, the Ketterling family farm grew sugar beets. To diversify, the farm expanded to hay and alfalfa. With a vision of sustainability, Terry decided to start a dairy that would consume those products and produce compost for the fields in what he calls the circle of life.

“We take a lot of pride in the crops we grow because that’s the food the cows eat, and the better quality that is, the better quality the dairy can be,” said Terry.

The family’s vertically-integrated business includes a first-of-its-kind pantry boasting over 70,000 square feet and an internal drop bridge used to fill the commodity bins.

“Mountain Home is known for it’s wind,” said Terry. “When the wind blows, it blows away the feed. When it rains, it washes away. Having everything in the pantry eliminates that shrink.”

The pantry isn’t the only way TLK paves the way for modern dairies. Their calf facility is another unique addition and the only one of its kind in Idaho.

“The calves are living together in pens of nine instead of in hutches,” said Terry. “Cattle are herding animals and we start their life out as a herd rather than putting them in solitary confinement. If I was a calf, I’d want to live in them.”

Calf

Terry’s son Tony, the dairy’s chief operations officer, manages the calf facility and adds that the calves are drier, able to move around, more social and appear stronger. The calves are even blanketed to keep warm.

“They get to run, play and interact,” said Tony. “They’re happy.”

According to Launa Ketterling-Fowler, the dairy’s tourism manager, people have visited TLK from all over the world to admire their innovation. For Terry, those tours play an important role in the future of dairies.

“We open our doors to everyone,” said Terry. “We’ve never turned down a tour. With only about 40,000 dairymen left in the US, we’ve got to tell our story. If not, who will?”

The story of Terry, the Ketterling family and their 150 dedicated employees is full of compassion, ingenuity and community. Their integrity flows through every drop of the nearly 95,000 gallons of milk produced each day. Don’t believe us? See for yourself.

Find TLK at 11400 Southwest TLK Drive, Mountain Home, Idaho, 83647 or follow them on Facebook. For more information on food production in Idaho, visit our key industries page.

 

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Company Spotlight: Sapidyne

If Sapidyne is too difficult to say, try addressing the Boise-based company by the definition of its name instead: an intelligently pleasing force.

Sapidyne Instruments is home to technology with the potential to save pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies billions of dollars. Their primary product, KinExA, is a tool used to measure the binding characteristics of cells, antibodies, proteins, small molecules, DNA, lipids, viruses and more. The research KinExA accomplishes is integral in the development of proper dosing for drugs and medications.

“When a drug is going into clinical trials, pharmaceutical companies have to know how quickly it binds, how much is needed to be effective and how long the drug will remain attached to its target,” said Elizabeth Hopkins, president of Sapidyne. “That’s where KinExA comes in.”

As Sapidyne’s Sales and Marketing Director, Brandon Hopkins, describes it, their products fit into the research and development phase of new therapeutic drugs and helps to accurately determine dosing before entering human trials.

“The science we use is important in the research of new drug discoveries and we’re on the forefront of that,” said Brandon. “When you can accurately determine that a binding pair will work, you have a better chance of success in future phases of discovery which can ultimately save a company billions of dollars. That’s the importance of an instrument like KinExA.”

The work of Sapidyne Instruments caters to a niche market. They’re a smaller division within larger drug companies like Pfizer. Niche or not, Sapidyne’s products can be found in laboratories across the globe including Boston, San Francisco, Munich, London, China and Japan. KinExA is used in eight of the top 10 pharmaceutical companies in the world.

“It surprises people that we’re over 90% manufactured in Idaho,” said Elizabeth. “We use local products and local machine shops. A hot rod shop in Nampa paints our machines.”

Not only are people surprised that Sapidyne is home grown, they’re also shocked to hear that a company of this size has withstood the test of time.

“Most companies our size get bought out by larger ones, but we’ve stuck around for 25 years focusing on science and customer service,” said Brandon.

The success and longevity of Sapidyne Instruments led to the birth of their subsidiary, Syringa Lab Supplies, in 2011. Syringa does significant sales of laboratory supplies and consumables, including glassware and centrifuge tubes.

If Sapidyne’s work leaves your head spinning with equations, here’s what’s important to know: a large number of prescription drugs used over the last 25 years have passed through KinExA instrumentation developed by Sapidyne. The effectiveness of those drugs has improved the well-being of individuals around the world and that effectiveness was, in part, due to the work of a small team of scientists wearing many different hats, right here in Idaho.

Visit Sapidyne Instruments and Syringa Lab Supplies at 700 West Diamond Street, Boise, Idaho 83705 or at www.sapidyne.com.

 

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Company Spotlight: Jayco

With access to over 35 million acres of public land, including nine national forests, nearly 80% of Idaho residents participate in outdoor recreation each year, making it the perfect testing ground for companies like 50-year-old recreation vehicle manufacturer, Jayco.

Jayco, a division of Thor Industries, has a portfolio that includes single and double axel camping trailers, toy haulers, fifth-wheel travel trailers and motor homes. Their Idaho manufacturing facility in Twin Falls focuses primarily on small to medium-sized conventional travel trailers.

“Everything is built by hand at this facility,” said Troy Preuit, director of manufacturing in Idaho. “There are no robots, no machines – it’s all humans.”

The 240,000 square foot facility in Twin Falls is a far cry from the chicken barn where Jayco founders Lloyd and Bertha Bontrager built the prototype for their first fold-down campers. What started as a small family business has now grown to approximately 4,000 employees with nearly 250 of those employees in Idaho. Despite the growth however, Jayco has stayed in the family.

“Jayco was a family-owned company for the first 48 years of its existence, and members of that family are still heavily involved with the business today.” said Troy. “With the Bontrager family there is a level of commitment to both the employees and customers that I feel sets us apart from other manufacturers in our market.”

In 1970, Jayco offered the first camping trailer with a new axle-independent suspension that provided a smoother ride and easier towing. Since then, their products have continued to advance.

“People expect an RV to be very much like their house,” said Troy. “Similar to the changes we see in home amenities, the connectivity and amount of electronics in these trailers is continually evolving. Even the smallest units are capable of having TVs, stereos, DVD players and USB ports.”

In Twin Falls, those amenities are installed as part of a larger-than-life assembly line where trailers start as a steel frame and move through the manufacturing facility to be walled, wired, sided and customized, churning out up to 30 trailers each day.

“The most important thing for people to understand locally is that we’re different from the rest of the manufacturers in this area,” said Troy. “We have one shift, Monday through Friday, and it’s all built by hand. It’s a fast-paced, focused environment in a very unique industry.”

While Jayco’s Idaho plant is different from other manufacturers in the area, it’s essentially a duplicate of Jayco’s Indiana facility.

“Many RV manufacturers have a presence in the west because the shipment of an RV is very expensive – one truck, one trailer,” explains Troy. “Having a presence in the west allows us to get our product to western dealers and Canada quickly and be more competitive on price.”

Although Jayco runs year-round, the increase in cooler packing and sunscreen purchases around the country is a good indicator their peak sales season is just beginning, and with hundreds of campsites around the state, there’s bound to be a Jayco rolling into an RV spot near you.

To learn more about Jayco or to locate a dealer, visit https://www.jayco.com.

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